Category: 18th Century

May 08

The Making of a Scottish Kertch

Eventually, I’ll write a post about this whole project, but for now, I figured I’d at least post a bit about the head covering I’m wearing to my next event. Before I’d even thought about what I’d be doing with my hair, a friend mentioned that many married Scottish women continued to wear a kind …

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Aug 03

Because I’ve Been So Good…

Okay, well, not THAT good, but I did limit myself to just two small pieces of fabric in the garment district on Monday.  So, I’m considering pre-ordering these lovelies: The Devonshires are a leather 18th century shoe based on museum examples from the 1760s through 1780s.  They’re made of top-grade dyable leather, with a beautiful, smooth Italian leather sole …

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Jul 19

Exhaustion sets in

The lack of sleep is catching up with me.  With such a busy weekend, I really didn’t get to sleep in at all, and now I’m just barely making it.  Then, after work today, I went out with a friend.  By the time I got home around six, I was completely exhausted. I only let …

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Jul 18

CoCo to do list

I guess it is about time I thought about all that still needs to be done in the next week or so before I leave for Costume College. Zone Make new sleeves. Add an additional lining and spiral boning to the front. Make cap Bustle Take in the bodice. Add boning. Change hat trimming. If …

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Jul 16

Chemise a la Reine Upgrades

Okay, the pictures aren’t great, but I haven’t quite gotten my husband fully trained on how to take costume pictures.  I have to take some responsibility as well, since I didn’t double check his snapshots before rushing out the door. Just to recap, I made a new petticoat, the sash, bow, and ties.  (The sash, …

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Jul 06

So Much Progress

And so few pictures. I’m sorry.  I’m sorry.  I know I suck at taking pictures, and even when I do, I don’t get them uploaded. But I swear–there really is progress happening in the Liao household! The heat has been absolutely terrible lately, so I haven’t been out in my sewing room as much as …

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Jul 03

A Costume is Never Finished

It’s funny how, as a costumer, I am often rushing to “finish” a costume for an event.  But, is an outfit ever “done”?  I don’t think of my modern clothes in those terms.  My modern wardrobe is constantly changing and adapting.  Pieces get added in, switched around, or passed on.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if …

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Sep 19

Busy Weekend

Well, the zone gown is shaping up.  I spent most of the rest of this weekend sewing on the fur trim.  At first, it wasn’t laying right, so I had about an hour or so of frustration on Saturday trying to think of other ways to attach it so that it would look right.  When …

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Sep 18

Back to Making Progress

I kind of stalled out creatively for a few weeks, but I’m back to work now. I started a new scarf with some sock yarn.  The sock yarn is a wool/bamboo blend, so it is super soft, but I’m not liking it much as sock yarn.  I’ve made one pair with it, but when they …

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Aug 06


On my first official vacation day, I decided to do some work on my zone gown.  I really need to get a sleeve mock up patterned, but that is going to be a lot of work with little tangible evidence at the end of the day.  So, instead, I focused on making the silk petticoat. …

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